Please, please, please never believe a word Dr. Oz spews out. Mmmmkay? Or at least take his advice with a large injection of skepticism…
Speaking of injections…
Would you ever inject yourself with a hormone released during pregnancy if you thought it could help you loose weight?
Oh and while you’re at it, why don’t we just slash your calories to about 500 too.
The obesity epidemic is solved!
Well at least, that must be true because DIS GUY said so.
Fitness Friday 10
So if you didn’t guess already, this weeks topic is on another diet SCAM which is the hCG diet.
Lets begin with some background shall we.
What is hCG?
HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin and it is released by a fertilized egg when it implants and has an integral function in maintaining the corpus luteum which then releases progesterone and helps to build the uterus for the nourishment of the developing fetus
So I know what you are thinking, it has to do with pregnancy so what the hell ?….
What does it have to do with weight loss?
Created by Dr. Simeons, he stated that individuals could loose fat without losing muscle if they were given low doses of hCG in addition to being on a very low calorie diet. He came up with this ‘theory’ through his research in overweight males with pituitary problems and pregnant females in India (background here). From his studies he said that hCG acted to protect the fetus and so in times of deficit calories, the body would then be rid of excessive and unneeded fat because it would immobilize it for energy.
He wrote a book on this and stated that targeting obesity was the main goal. He also said that individuals could loose fat while keeping muscle.
Totally sounds legit right!?!?
So what’s the diet?
Put very simply, in addition to getting a lovely needle of the hormone every day, you also get the pleasure of having 2 solid meals a day adding up to 500 calories only. Oh and you can choose to have some water or tea but that is it. Finally, these meals are both low in fat and carbs and high in protein.
so enjoy being constipated while you’re at it
Do you even need to ask?
One, you’re basically starving your body. A mere 500 calories is NOT maintainable and no one can argue that it is. Apparently it is not recommended to go more then 40 days on said diet by medical professionals (source) …
Instead they should be saying you shouldn’t go on this diet at all…But hey, I’m not a professional doctor.
What about the hormones?
Research doesn’t even support the idea that it leads to weight loss (source). The weight loss that was supposed to be from the hormone is much more likely to be due to starvation. Starvation then brings with a whole host of potential consequences including protein loss from your vital organs, deficiencies, cognitive impairment, and the list goes on.
To to conclude…
This diet has been attacked from the research world on multiple occasions. The FDA stated that all products that contain the hormone must have a disclaimer that it has not been found to cause weight loss and any weight reduction is simply a result of starvation. Weight loss companies have to inform their patients of the lack of research to support it and also potential problems associated with it.
So the fact that Dr. Oz stated in an interview that he continues to support it and that every time he is asked he believes it works more and more is simply BS.
Again, don’t believe this ‘doctor’ because his word is a bunch of crap just like this diet scam.
Rant over. Happy Friday my friends!